Use the Easter shape matching cards as part of your Easter activities for preschoolers and kindergarten kids. The bunny and carrot shapes are a low-prep way to explore important early math skills with your students.
In addition to being super simple to prep, the shape matching Easter printable can be used in a variety of ways. This means you can easily make adjustments based on your students’ ages, needs, and interests.
And you don’t have to use the shape cards just for Easter. They’d be great during a pet theme, a vegetable theme, or as part of your general spring plans.
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Read below for prepping tips and usage suggestions for the shape cards. And be sure to request your own copy of the printable at the very bottom of this post.
Easter Shape Matching
The rabbit and carrot cards are a fun way to draw the kids into learning about shapes. The illustrations are thematic and a bit whimsical, which helps engage your students during math.
How to Prep the Easter Shapes
Start off by grabbing the materials you need to get the shapes ready. You don’t need much, really (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):
- Scissors or paper cutter
That’s really about it when it comes to prepping supplies. You can also pick up any additional items you’d like to use in conjunction with the Easter shape matching cards. Here are some possibilities:
- Sensory materials and tools
- Dry erase markers and/or chalk
- White boards and/or chalkboards
- Play dough
- Glitter glue
Once you have all of the supplies taken care of, it’s time to prep the Easter shapes:
- First, get the download link via the form at the bottom of this post.
- Download the file to your computer and then open it in the most up-to-date version of Adobe Reader.
- Print the bunny and carrot shapes, making extra copies as desired.
- Cut the cards apart.
- Finally, laminate the shapes!
Now you’re ready for some Easter-themed shape activities with your students!
How to Use the Easter Shape Matching Cards
You can use the Easter matching shapes during whole group or small group time. Once the children understand what to do, the shapes work well in your math center, too.
The main way we’ve used the Easter shape cards is for matching. Tell the children they need to help the bunnies find their carrots! To do this, the kids have to find the carrots that are the same shapes as the bunny rabbits. Give the kids an example as needed, showing them how to match the circle rabbit card to the circle carrot card.
Then it’s onto the matching fun. This can be accomplished in a few different ways. Here are some ideas:
- Place the rabbit shapes on one side and the carrot shapes on another. Work with the children to find a carrot for each rabbit.
- Hold up a shape manipulative and have the kids find the matching carrots and bunnies.
- Challenge the children to find other shapes around the classroom for each bunny and carrot pair.
- Pair the shape cards with bunny shape mats. After the kids make the big bunnies, they can place the corresponding small rabbits and carrots on the mats.
- Give each child a shape card. Encourage them to find the classmate with the matching shape.
- Place the Easter shape matching cards in a simple sensory bin. The kids can hunt through the sensory materials to find the cards before matching them. A carrot garden sensory bin or a rabbit sensory bin would be perfect for this!
As you can see, there are many ways to explore matching shapes with the bunny and carrot cards. Do you have any additional suggestions to add to this list?
More Ways to Use the Easter Shapes Printable
Of course, you don’t just have to use the shape cards for a matching activity. I know I keep calling them Easter shape matching cards, but don’t let that fool you! Touch on shape formation with the kids after fully exploring basic shape identification. Here are a few ways to do that:
- Use glitter glue to outline the shapes on each card. Let the glue dry. Then have the children gently run their fingers over the shapes to explore how the shapes are formed.
- Let the children use dry erase markers to trace over the laminated shape cards.
- Place play dough out with the cards. Kids can use the play dough to trace over the shapes or make the shapes near the cards.
- Leave the black-and-white shapes unlaminated. Give the children their own sets of the cards. The kids can color in the shapes found within the bunnies and carrots.
- Pair the bunny and carrot shapes with white boards or chalkboards. Kids can use the cards as visual prompts for drawing the shapes!
No matter how you use the Easter printable, I’m sure your students will get a lot of shape learning out of them. You can discuss the names of shapes, as well as the shapes’ characteristics, with any of the ideas shared above.
What’s Included in the Easter Shapes Printable
The Easter shape matching printable comes with four pages. One page contains carrot shape cards, while another page contains the bunny shape cards. The remaining two pages are black-and-white versions of the cards.
Due to space constraints, not all shapes are available on the printable. In the future, I might add more shapes. But right now, these basic shares are included as both bunnies and carrots:
So it’s a small printable, but it really packs a punch when it comes to learning and exploring the concept of shapes with young kids.
Easter Lesson Plans
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Click on the image below to grab our Easter lesson plans. They come with a weekly overview, detailed daily plans, book suggestions, and related printables:
Here are a few more resources to save you time:
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More Easter Printables
If the Easter shape matching cards are a hit with your students, you might want even more Easter-themed printables! Here are some more ideas to check out:
- Easter Playdough Mats
- Printable Easter Book
- Easter Beginning Sounds
- Roll and Cover Easter Egg
- Easter Calendar Numbers
- Egg Patterns Printable
- Easter Fine Motor Cutting Strips
Free Printable Easter Shape Matching Cards
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